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Alicante: Pediatric Exercise Science

Study pediatric exercise science in Spain while enjoying local sports, world-class art, Spanish tapas, and lots of sunshine. Learn from international leaders in the field of sports science, travel to the Olympic Village in Barcelona, attend cultural events, and live the Spanish lifestyle. TCNJ is partnering with the University of Alicante, located in the center of a major city.


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Application Deadline: February 14
Commitment Fee Deadline: February 21

Course Description

TCNJ students will have the opportunity to interact with leading Spanish pediatric researchers, observe and participate in local sport events, and travel to other cities to experience the people, food, and culture of Spain (Madrid and Barcelona are only a three-hour train ride away). Students from both TCNJ and the University of Alicante will interact as part of group activities, cultural excursions, and social events.

Students will reflect on their experiences in a daily journal that describes their ongoing understanding and appreciation of developmental physiology, cultural trends in youth activity and childhood obesity, and shared experiences with Spanish professors and students. In addition, student-led group discussions will involve topics related to their observations as well as personal insights regarding fitness and lifestyle habits in Spain.

Note: Due to the nature of exercise science, practical sessions will involve moderate to vigorous levels of physical exertion. However, students with a medical condition will not be required to participate in these activities.

Program Information

Course: HES 300: Pediatric Exercise Science

Liberal Learning: Global

Dates: TBA

Program Director: Dr. Avery Faigenbaum, Professor of Health and Exercise Science

Eligibility: Students must have completed the course HES 211: Applied Physiology

Program Fee: TBA. In the meantime, explore scholarship opportunities.


  • Participation in ongoing pediatric research projects
  • Guest lectures from University of Alicante faculty
  • Engage with local youth soccer programs
  • La Villa Olimpica de Barcelona (site of the 1992 Olympics)
  • El Prado Museum in Madrid
  • Spanish cuisine in Valencia


Please contact the TCNJ Center for Global Engagement at, 609-771-2596.

For course specific questions, please contact Dr. Avery Faigenbaum at

Please review our refund, cancellation, and withdrawal policy statement should a student not be able to participate in the program.